Hazing News

Madison High School Principal Austin Brown–something bad happened in the way of hazing but school won’t tell you what

Here is the Clarion Ledge report to alleged hazing at a Mississippi high school

Excerpt: Madison Central High School officials are addressing a recent instance of student initiation activities which prompted at least two sets of parents to complain to school officials and police.

No injuries were reported as a result of the activities, Madison Police Department Assistant Chief Robert Sanders said. And ultimately, Sanders said, parents of the underclassmen involved decided not to press charges.

MCHS Principal Austin Brown said the activities in question involved upperclassmen and underclassmen, but he did not specify which grades were involved. MCHS serves just under 1,300 sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Though Brown said he could not provide details about what happened, he said the basis for the complaints included “things that would certainly classify that would be used in hazing rituals.”

Brown said the activity apparently occurred after school Thursday and off school property.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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